MC Hammer Calls His Arrest a 'Teachable Moment'

The rapper, who was arrested on Feb. 21, will appear in court on March 21

From Bay City News:

Dublin Police have released more details about the arrest of rapper MC Hammer near the Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center last week.

Officers spotted a vehicle parked at the Shell gas station near the shopping center at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday and noticed it had expired registration tags, police Lt. Herb Walters said.

The driver, 50-year-old Stanley Kirk Burrell -- better known as MC Hammer -- could not produce any proof that the vehicle was his and became uncooperative with the officers, Walters said.

Burrell was arrested on suspicion of obstructing an officer in the performance of his duties and resisting an officer.

The Tracy resident was booked into the Santa Rita Jail but posted bail and was released, Walters said.

Burrell told his side of the story over Twitter. According to Burrell, a police officer approached him and arrested him without cause.

In one Tweet, he said the officer "was tapping on my car window, I rolled down the window and he said, 'Are you on parole or probation?'"

"It was comical to me until he pulled out his guns, blew his whistle and yelled for help," he tweeted.

He then tweeted, "only thing more dangerous than a scared man with a gun, is a scared man with an agenda, a gun and a badge."

Officers found an expired registration in the car but were unable to contact the registered owner, who was not Burrell, Walters said.

Burrell has a court date set for Mar. 21. On Twitter, he called his arrest a "teachable moment" and an "eye opener."

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Mr.G March 05, 2013 at 07:35 PM
If you don't like the questions being asked, use your right to remain silent. Ask if you are being detained or you are free to go. If you are being detained, answer the questions you want and remain silent on those your don't want to answer. If you have done nothing illegal, you should be on your way shortly. Generally, I don't like answering questions--it is not to my benefit other than to build rapport with the officer. Officers will often try to engage you in conversation to be less confrontational but their questions can also be a "fishing" expedition. All that said, God Bless The Thin Blue Line.
Mr.G March 05, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Is it surprising to you that as a Law Enforcement officer patrolling the streets for criminals and criminal activities should be expected to find and cite or arrest said individuals? Calling it a quota system carries a negative connotation but I think most would agree some performance expectations are appropriate.
Mr.G March 05, 2013 at 07:47 PM
As a lilly white middle-aged guy, I was stopped and cited for not having up-to-date tags on my car. The officer verified that the registration has be paid but I had not received them from DMV. My bad . . . officer did his job.
Mr.G March 05, 2013 at 07:51 PM
For some to consider: YOUR RIGHTS - You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud. - You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home. - If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave. - You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately. - Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES - Do stay calm and be polite. - Do not interfere with or obstruct the police. - Do not lie or give false documents. - Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested. - Do remember the details of the encounter. - Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been violated. Ref: http://www.aclu.org/drug-law-reform-immigrants-rights-racial-justice/know-your-rights-what-do-if-you
Stephen Nault March 17, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Dublin police are losers. They set up drug addicted women so they can arrest their johns and dealers, then they fight landlords who try to evict them,,,,,true story....it was six months later when child protective services were called(by the school) that they were forced to do their job.


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